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The Canon AE-1 is a 35 mm single-lens reflex (SLR) film camera for use with interchangeable lenses.

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The camera keeps draining my batteries.

I put in a fresh 6V battery into my camera a week ago and now the shutter won't fire. I know the battery is drained because the needle is above the index (5.6 mark in viewfinder) instead of below. Is this an issue with the capacitor or corroded terminals? I bought it locally and the guy said it was his Dad's camera.


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The battery chamber contacts & wires often corrode up. Did you see any corrosion within the battery chamber? The pins are clean and are not discolored? Getting to the chamber wires requires a fair amount of disassembly.

Review this service manual to locate the MG3 on the bottom of the camera so you can measure the battery power Canon-AE-1 Service Manual.

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Thanks for answering. The most I have done to address this issue is cleaning the contacts with baking soda and vinegar. It's still too early to tell if this has fixed the issue yet as the new battery I am currently using is still powering the camera.

I have not checked the MG3 yet and I plan on doing that next.


Try using a Pen eraser (Grey) as its more abrasive than the Pencil (Pink) to make sure the oxides are removed.

If that still fails you'll need to replace the battery chamber.This is a big job!


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